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Former Florida Sheriff Guilty of Drug Trafficking


February 1993

A former Hendry County, Florida sheriff pled guilty to four counts of cocaine trafficking dating back to 1979 [AP, "Ex-Lawman Guilty of Drug Trafficking," The Dallas Morning News, January 1993 (Undated clipping)].

Former sheriff Earl Sermon Dyess Jr. faces 10 years to life in prison and a fine of up to $4 million. "Corruption inside a law enforcement office strikes at the very heart of the criminal justice system," said U.S. Attorney Robert Genzman in announcing the guilty pleas in Fort Myers, Florida.